Cement City Baptist Church Covenant
"And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul." II Chronicles 15:12
Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public confession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We promise by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to forsake the paths of sin, and to walk in the ways of holiness all the days of our lives.* With this in view, we purpose to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to attend its services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talent in its activities; to contribute cheerfully and regularly as God has prospered us, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.
We also purpose to maintain family and private devotions; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to live carefully in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our responsibilities and exemplary in our conduct; to abstain from all forms of activity which dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, cause stumbling to a fellow believer, or hinder the winning of a soul to Christ; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ our Savior and to give Him preeminence in all things.
We further purpose to walk together in Christian love and watchfullness, giving and receiving admonition with meekness and affection; encouraging one another in the blessed hope of our Lord's return; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to avoid all gossip, backbiting, and unrighteous anger and to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to seek it without delay.
We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith and order, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word. In the event there is no such church, we shall seek, with the Lord's help, to establish one.
* (Not sinless perfection - 1 John 1:8-10)